Whitehall Palace – Banqueting Rooms

a banquet was composed of little snacks and desserts, eaten after diners had finished the main course and were waiting for the entertainment to begin.  A banqueting house was a separate little house or room, highly decorated and situated a short walk away from the main dining hall in order to aid digestion.  The Banqueting House of Whitehall Palace was the biggest and grandest of them all.